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Does Mexico really need a Scientology ‘Advanced Org’? We’ll soon find out.

The seals on the gates of the Palmas Plaza have been removed and work has started again to renovate the former shopping mall into Scientology’s Advanced Org for Latin America. Scientology purchased the building in 2008 and began renovating without permits in 2017. How Scientology convinced officials to issue a permit and remove the seals is unknown. Enrique Vargas del Villar, the Constitutional President of the Municipality of Huixquilucan did not respond to our questions about the permit status.



Don’t expect a grand opening ceremony for this Sea Org base this year or next. This is a site in total disrepair and work is just starting after a two year hiatus. Scientology has a story to tell their members about that. Organización Desarrollo Dianética (ODD) is a Class V org in Mexico City that has been renovating for years to become an Ideal Org. It’s now being sold as the gateway org; once ODD goes ideal then the Advanced Org in Palmas Plaza can go ahead. A similar tactic was used in South Africa where members were told all their orgs had to go ideal before the Kyalami Castle would open as the new AO. They fell short as Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth are still very far from opening Ideal Orgs, but Kyalami opened anyway in January 2019.


It may be years away, but Scientologists are rearranging their lives around this building. 21-year old Ioanna is a Scientologist from Mexico who decided to join the Sea Org during a recent visit to Saint Hill. She describes how she will give away her business when she activates her billion year contract at Flag Land Base, Clearwater. She will return to Mexico to be an auditor when the AO opens. She had dreams of a family with five children, but that’s no longer possible.


If the base in Mexico City opens then Canada will then become the only Scientology “continent” without an Advanced Org. The Hockley Highlands compound in Mono, Ontario was purchased in 2007 but now appears abandoned. Scientology craves parity among the continents. We have no doubt that there is a plan to either renovate in Mono in the years to come, or to purchase a new home for the Advanced Org for Canada.

— Rod Keller



Stacy Francis on singing for Tom Cruise

Oh joy.



Source Code

“You can, by the way — it’s quite curious — if you were sailing down the street exteriorized and you take a look at somebody, you look over his anchor points, you’ll find those big wing anchor points. They’re way out there, great big gold balls way out in front. You can take one of these, one of this guy’s anchor points, you know, in front and pull it sideways and he’ll start to walk in a circle without knowing why he’s walking in a circle. And you push it out of position and he’ll start to lean. Oh, it’s a very obvious sort of structure.” — L. Ron Hubbard, January 5, 1955


Overheard in the FreeZone

“There is really no more satanism in Scientology than there is actually in the Catholic church. Only the protestant Christians tried to get away from symbol and ritual and authoritarianism — all elements of satanism — but even they did not do nearly well enough….The slavemasters of the planet (Vatican & British nobility — ‘Priests & Kings shall rule’ — the double-headed eagle) have pushed only extremes in order to divide & conquer.”


Random Howdy

“Well, Hubbard did say that the thetans created the MEST universe so that they would have a place to play, but that eventually they forgot they had done so. The idea that Hubbard saw this whole thing as a game has always seemed pretty obvious to me.”


Start making your plans…

Head over to the convention website and meet us in St. Louis!


Scientology’s celebrities, ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and more!

[Catherine Bell, Chick Corea, and Nancy Cartwright]

We’ve been building landing pages about David Miscavige’s favorite playthings, including celebrities and ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and we’re hoping you’ll join in and help us gather as much information as we can about them. Head on over and help us with links and photos and comments.

Scientology’s celebrities, from A to Z! Find your favorite Hubbardite celeb at this index page — or suggest someone to add to the list!

Scientology’s ‘Ideal Orgs,’ from one end of the planet to the other! Help us build up pages about each these worldwide locations!

Scientology’s sneaky front groups, spreading the good news about L. Ron Hubbard while pretending to benefit society!

Scientology Lit: Books reviewed or excerpted in our weekly series. How many have you read?



[ONE year ago] A Scientologist murdered: Our experts try to make sense of Australia’s ‘Advanced Org’
[TWO years ago] Court magician? Scientology attorney can now affect matter with thought, levitate, read minds
[THREE years ago] Scientology cash-in! Top church attorney puts her beach bungalow on market for $2.4 million
[FOUR years ago] Scientology posts the new ad that will likely be its Super Bowl entry this year
[FIVE years ago] Former spokesman Mike Rinder describes Scientology’s dismal options in 2015
[SIX years ago] Sunday Funnies: Scientology charges into the new year!
[SEVEN years ago] Scientology Drug Rehab Program’s Newest Victim: A New York 15-Year-Old
[EIGHT years ago] All Scientologists Look Alike, Right? — And More in our Weekly Stats Roundup!


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley (1952-2019) did not see his daughter Stephanie in his final 5,667 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,808 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,312 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,832 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 852 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 743 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,050 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,918 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,692 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,466 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,812 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,378 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,297 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,465 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,046 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,307 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,345 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,058 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,583 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,110 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,673 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,813 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,133 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,989 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,108 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,463 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,766 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,872 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,274 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,146 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,729 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,224 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,478 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,587 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on January 5, 2020 at 07:00

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